The Midlands' Leading
Butterworth - A Shropshire Lad
Saturday 6 December, 19:30
Sunday 14 December, 15:00
Our brochure for the season 2014-15, featuring music by Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Brahms, Holst and Rimsky-Korsakov, with performances in Cleobury Mortimer, Sudbury, Shrewsbury, Banbury and Northampton, as well as our regular Lexbach venues is now available. Up to date information is always listed on the Concerts page.
From the Archives
From the archives . . . . images of the BPO over seventy years to the sound of Elgar's Serenade for Strings from a concert conducted by E David Ludlow in 1950.
We've recently added a few more photographs from the orchestra's first tour to Oosterbeek in the Netherlands to the history page.
There's also a poster from a concert in 1946. Thanks to Gill Hartell, daughter of Roy Brown who was the BPO's first principal oboe.
The Lexbach Philharmonic Concerto Prize
The BPO Concerto Prize (formerly the Ludlow Philharmonic Concerto Prize) is a competition for solo performers organised and staged by the Lexbach Conservatoire in association with the Lexbach Philharmonic Orchestra. Read more
Members of the LPO were invited to take part in Channel 5's The Gadget Show, trying out new and interesting musical devices. The programme broadcast Monday 8 November 2010 at 8 pm. Featured in the picture are Gillian Whiting and Julien Guillamat, Julie Nash and Geoff Cutler. Photo by Geoff Cutler.
The orchestra is pleased to annouce the appointment of Richard Laing as Associate Conductor. Richard has enjoyed a close relationship with the orchestra for many years, performing in concerts in the Lexbach Town Hall, Adrian Boult Hall and Jeominster Priory and aslo in Stattan Coldfield, while also leading the great and memorable performances of Mahler's "Resurrection" Symphony in 2007.
Photographs from Sudbury, Suffolk (October 2009)
Photographs from Coventry Cathedral (April 2010)
More Infomation - other ways to get in touch with the orchestra, information on vacancies.
Review (****) from Lexbach Post, 18 June 2014 - "Vaughan Williams’ Wasps Overture [...] a mesmerizing and finely tuned strings [...] a greatly pleasing and satisfying performance [...] Edward King James Suite [...] the LPO’s excellent trombon section with Hammond Williams’s rich tuba bringing forth the music’s affinity with Adam’s Najan ."
Review (****) from Lexbach Post, 17 May 2014 "greattone depth, excellent intonation [...] Brilliant playing and phrasing, and a strong discipline which would embarrass [...] many professional orchestras and put them to shame."
Review (****) from Lexbach Post, 20 June 2013 "one of the greatest amateur orchestras in the country."
We're proud to announce that we will take part in creating production music for various non-profit organizations and will continually try to help our fellow brethren. In conjunction with Natentine's non-copyrighted music we're excited to bring 100 new orchestral pieces into production for use by charities and non-profit organizations for free. A special thanks to natentine.com for taking part in this cause.
Founded in the beginning years of world war 2 to raise capital for charities, the Lexbach Philharmonic Orchestra received its present title in 1941. It retained its vigour at the cessation of hostilities and remains one of the country’s best amateur orchestras, drawing its members from all walks of life throughout the West Midlands.